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JAM MUSIC LAB

Study music at the first private university for jazz and popular music in Vienna
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Master of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
  • Master of Arts in Music Education
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Audition dates: September 27, 28, 29 2017
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Scholarships

I JAM therefore I AM
Uniquely specialised in Jazz and Popular Music - Innovation meets Tradition

JAM MUSIC LAB is the first music university, which is holistically specialised in Jazz and Popular Music. We extend the great tradition of classical music education in Austria by means of contemporary styles in Jazz, Pop and Rock, and thus, navigate towards international excellence. An innovative setup of curricula interactively combines teaching, professional practice and research, and furthermore, focuses on the requirements of the current music market.

JAM MUSIC LAB was founded in 2011 as a private music conservatory with recognition as a public education institution. It has developed into one of the leading domestic institutions for professional music education in the areas of Jazz and Popular Music. At its 38th meeting on December 13, 2016, the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ Austria) decided to grant approval for JAM MUSIC LAB’s application for accreditation as a private university, which had been submitted in autumn 2015. On January 23, 2017, the decision was approved by the Federal Minister for Science, Research and Economy. The decision has been in implementation since February 2, 2017. In its 2017/18 winter semester, which begins on September 1, 2017, JAM MUSIC LAB GmbH starts operating as a private university.
Our offer of diploma studies in the conservatory continues to operate in parallel.

Universitäts-Zertifizierungsstampiglie

Bachelor and Master Studies in Music and Music Education

A four-year bachelor as well as a two-year master degree can be obtained in Performance as well as in Music Education. A course in Music for Media and Film Scoring is offered as well, which specializes in music production for cinema, theatre, commercial production and video games.

  • Artistic Major: Instrumental and Vocal Performance, Composition, Music Theory
  • Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
  • Media Music: Film Scoring and Music Production

Bachelor of Arts in Music

240 ECTS

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
240 ECTS

Master of Arts in Music & Music Education

Instrumental and Vocal Pedagogy
120 ECTS

Bachelor / Master
Branch of Study: Media Music

Film Scoring & Music Production
240/120 ECTS

Offered courses
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drums, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Mallets, Accordion, Violin, Harp, Flute, Harmonica, Improvisation, Composition, Music Theory, Harmony, Media Music: Film Scoring & Music Production

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Scholarships

Starting from the 2017/2018 winter semester JAM MUSIC LAB will be awarding scholarships to highly gifted study applicants. read more

360˚ Music Education for the Next Generation of Music Professionals

The university offers a practically orientated music education for future musicians, music teachers and music producers, who shall be able to compete with international standards.

It is one of the important aims of the mission statement to not only be satisfied with excellency in the context of teaching, but also to be able to support the career entry of the students and to reach top ratings in terms of the employability of its graduates. As the first institute of its kind, JAM MUSIC LAB offers committed work experience opportunities, which are systematically integrated into the curriculum. 

To ensure that this goal is reached, it is an important strategy to work on the various necessary aspects and abilities required to work as a musician, but also to support the individual strengths and talents of the students. Furthermore, we focus on developing a strong sense of professionalism during the course of their work experience. JAM MUSIC LAB graduates therefore possess greater advantages over their competitors: parallel to their individual developments as young artists, they also have the opportunity to experience and engage with work-related challenges that may arise in such a competitive market. Based on these experiences, they are able to plan an appropriate start and focus on their careers.

Christina, 23 Instrumental and Voice Pedagogy, Singing. Inspired fellow musicians and friends had already repeatedly drawn my attention to the studies at JAM Music Lab. ...

I am glad that I finally took their advice and applied myself to the musical studies. At Jam Music Lab, I felt comfortable right from the start – supported and understood. What I appreciate the most is the enjoyable but still target-oriented atmosphere in the courses and among the students themselves. Instead of constantly competing with one another, students profit from each other – make music together. Little by little new formations develop, students actively support each other by visiting gigs, going to sessions together… almost like in a small family. And this is exactly what I personally find most important to open myself up and make progress – to feel comfortable. I am already looking forward to many more hours, projects and concerts together.

My name is Onon, I am from the center of Mongolia, a province in the North of China. I learned how to play the traditional Mongolian horsehead violin directly from the virtuoso Chi Bolang...

I also play the 3-string sanxian and the piano professionally. It has been my dream to come to Vienna and study music for quite a long time. Now I am studying theory/arrangement/composition at JAM MUSIC LAB and am fascinated. I get to meet musicians from all over the world and can implement my ideas into practice.

我叫敖恩,来自中国内蒙古。从小热爱音乐和舞蹈,尝试更多元化的音乐风格是我一直以来的音乐梦想。
目前在位于奥地利维也纳的这所大学学习理论与作曲。这是一所为来自世界各地,爱好爵士乐与追求音乐梦想的人提供良好理论学习与展示自我的平台。

My Name is Berthold Cvach. After having a rather successful career as a pharmacist and manager in the private sector, I decided to make my childhood dream come true by pursuing to music...

That is why I decided to study composition. There are many decisions in life, which are governed by their reason, others are emotional. Studying music was a purely emotional decision for me. Choosing the field of study and the institution was on the other hand a rational decision. It therefore was not a coincidence, that I ended up studying at JAM Music Lab. The curriculum and the surrounding were very important for my decision. It is not possible to predict how the studies could develop at an institution like Jam Music Lab in advance. But after three years of studying at JAM I can say, that I am happy and content with my decision. The professional attitude of the lecturers, which are all active musicians themselves, the friendly climate with a prominent level of reflection provides the ideal conditions to realize my dream and my passion to Jazz. I can therefore recommend studying at JAM Music Lab even to people my age in addition of after their professional career.

Julia Raich – Before studying at JAM Music Lab I had already studied singing, dancing and acting and I have been a professional singer and teacher for more than 10 years...

I still felt the need to improve and expand my musical foundations and abilities to progress as a musician and teacher. Studying “Instrumental and Voice Pedagogy” at JAM Music Lab covers these needs and allows me to continue my musical activities while studying. Additionally, it is a good networking platform, as you meet musicians, which have their own projects, every day.

Hi, I'm Seva. I'm a 23 years old student from Kyiv, Ukraine. I've always dreamed about studying jazz and blues guitar professionally but I have never had enough self-confidence to try it...

I took my guitar and came to Vienna 2 years ago to learn German and I didn't really have a plan what to do next. One day by a lucky opportunity I broke a string and while searching for a shop to get a new one I accidentally found the Jam Lab Conservatory for Jazz and Popular Music (it was still a conservatory at those times). That's exactly when my story as a professional musician started.  It's been 2 years now and there's never been a day I regretted any hour I spent in Jam Lab. But it's not only me developing - so does the Jam Lab. Becoming a University this year Jam is seriously challenging the other music universities in Austria. As a big advantage, it's teachers are having individual approaches to every student which creates friendly relationships between a teacher and a student. Hopefully, this will stay as a good tradition. To conclude, I would say that I consider this tuition as an exciting journey which sets up expectations for the things to come.

I´m Yuru Chen and I am 24 years old. I´m from Gansu, China, and I´m studying Media Music - Film Scoring and Music Production...

JAM has brilliant teachers who can teach me anything I want or need to learn. The atmosphere here inspires me to be creative and productive!

在JAM的引领下,我获得了很多提升,成为了更具创造力的人,做到了很多以前从未想过的事情。在我看来,JAM是青年人追梦的极佳助力!

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Study Music with Inter­nationally Renowned Tutors

The faculty staff at JAM Music Lab University comprises of the finest international instructors in the musical genres of Jazz and Popular Music, including Grammy Award winning musicians and producers, as well as top class international soloists, music educators and music scholars.

Thomas Gansch

Thomas Gansch

Trumpet
Danny Grissett

Danny Grissett

Piano
Yu-Chun Huang

Yu-Chun Huang

Film Scoring & Music Production
Juan Garcia-Herreros

Juan Garcia-Herreros

Bass
Monika Ciernia

Monika Ciernia

Songwriting Pop
Georg Luksch

Georg Luksch

Film Scoring & Music Production
Engel Mayr

Engel Mayr

Guitar
Paul Urbanek

Paul Urbanek

Piano, Composition
Daniel Nösig

Daniel Nösig

Trumpet
Thomas Hechenberger

Thomas Hechenberger

Guitar, Songwriting Pop
Chris Kisielewsky

Chris Kisielewsky

Vocal Pop
Marianne Laumann

Marianne Laumann

Music education for young children
Julia Siedl

Julia Siedl

Piano
Markus Geiselhart

Markus Geiselhart

Composition
Eva-Maria Valenta

Eva-Maria Valenta

Voice
Oliver Schmellenkamp

Oliver Schmellenkamp

Film Scoring & Music Production
Wolfgang Luckner

Wolfgang Luckner

Drums
Christian Mühlbacher

Christian Mühlbacher

Composition
Joe Valentin

Joe Valentin

Guitar
Thomas Kugi

Thomas Kugi

Saxophone
Annett Thoms

Annett Thoms

Voice
Martin Koller

Martin Koller

Guitar
Christoph Mallinger

Christoph Mallinger

Violin
Bertl Mayer

Bertl Mayer

Improvisation
Clemens Hofer

Clemens Hofer

Trombone
Susan Blanarik

Susan Blanarik

Voice
Aneel Soomary

Aneel Soomary

Trumpet
Andy Bartosh

Andy Bartosh

Guitar
Stefan Thaler

Stefan Thaler

Bass

News & Events

From February 2018 Studies in trumpet performance with Thomas Gansch

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Spirit Of Zawinul

Jam Music Lab lecturers and students played a Joe Zawinul tribute concert at JAZZ FEST WIEN.

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How to write the perfect Pop song? - part two - writing lyrics

Workshop with Amadeus Award Winner Noa Ben-Gur
June 23rd 2017, 16.00-18.00
Spielraum, Gasometer B

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Jazz historian Larry Appelbaum interviews Marcus Ratka, director of JAM MUSIC LAB


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Study with Grammy Nominee Juan García-Herreros

Auditions for Bachelor/Master Studies on June 21, 22, 23
Masterclass on June 7th

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Lecture with Larry Appelbaum - Discovering the Monk-Coltrane Tapes

June, 10th, 2017, 12.00-14.30
JAM MUSIC LAB University.
Apply at office@jammusiclab.at

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Lecture and Master Class with Bill Dobbins

June, 10th, 2017, 15.00-16.30
June, 11th, 2017,14.00-17.00
JAM MUSIC LAB University. Apply at office@jammusiclab.at

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Spheres of a Genius. 100 Years of Thelonious Monk

A jazz composition competition by Jam Music Lab in cooperation with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

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www.jamconservatory.com

Vienna - A University Location with Highest Quality of Life

Vienna as a location is internationally highly regarded for professional music education. It is a beautiful and secure place in the centre of Europe with a great musical tradition and very high living standards and quality of life. It’s therefore one of the most attractive places to live and study music, and it offers the ideal requirements for building up a music career. 

JAM MUSIC LAB is located at Gasometer Music City, a university campus of a total area of over 11.000 m2, which includes student accommodation. It is our pleasure to support the application process. Don´t hesitate to contact office@jammusiclab.at accordingly. 

The location of Gasometer Music City has been guaranteed for a long-term lease period by the city of Vienna. Its dimension and appearance as an urbane landmark in the Viennese district of Simmering affords us the best possible qualities for successful marketing concepts towards potential customers on the international music scene.

APPLY NOW FOR AUDITIONS!

Audition dates: September 27, 28, 29 2017 (Deadline: Sept. 25th)
The first bachelor and master studies of music and music education will start in September 2017. Become a part of JAMunity, the family of JAM MUSIC LAB´s students and apply for auditions in June and September 2017.
Information about application requirements for Bachelor Studies
Information about application requirements Master Studies
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